Saratoga Springs, New York
Being involved in the horse racing industry for over thirty years has provided Sharon Crute the distinctive ability to create dynamic equine paintings expressing powerful movement and speed. Her experience at the racetrack stretches the gamut from hotwalker to racing official. After receiving a B.F.A. in painting from Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Crute traveled the country with her husband’s racing stable.
Because of Crute’s extensive involvement in all aspects of racing, she feels that her artwork is straight "from the trenches". She endeavors to "express the subtle with an undercurrent of volatility" resulting from intimate knowledge of the emotional anguish and exhilaration shared by all those who love horse racing. Numerous galleries, arts councils and racing centers on both coasts exhibit her artwork. Included in her resume is a long list of private and public collectors including those abroad in Italy, Ireland, England and Japan.
Some of Crute’s recent exhibitions include a group show at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association in Ocala, Florida and at Equidae Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York; a two-artist exhibit at Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Arkansas; and a solo exhibit at Fayette Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky. Her artwork has also been exhibited at the Museum of Florida Art in Deland, Florida and The Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida.
Commissions abound as Crute’s work is featured on the posters, book covers and program covers for: Michigan Stallion Directory, Florida Farm Managers’ Directory (twice), H.I.T.S. (Horse shows in the Sun), Horse shows in the Park and Live Oak International Driving Competition to name a few. Logo design and illustration include two children’s books, one is currently in progress. Her artwork is often requested as illustration material for various publications.